Resources and Information for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Frederick County Business Community-

In response to national and statewide efforts to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), all Frederick County Office of Economic Development (OED) employees will be teleworking until further notice.  While we will not be in the office, our staff will continue to be available via email and phone. 

OED wants you to know that during these concerning times, we support you.  We want to keep you updated on resources and information for your business. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Please take a moment to complete our Economic Impact Survey.  Click Here

Maryland Business Resources

General Information and FAQ:

Dept. of Commerce Emergency Relief Funds:

Dept. of Labor Layoff Aversion Fund:

SBA Disaster Assistance Funding:

Questions for MD Commerce? Email

Questions about “essential” businesses? Email


Frederick News Post Coronavirus Updates

Information from the Office of Governor Larry Hogan: Click Here

Information from the Office of Frederick County Executive Jan H. Gardner: Click Here


Truist Financial in conjunction with the Frederick County Economic Development Office, the Frederick City Economic Development Office, The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Frederick Partnership is offering a Web Ex for Frederick County Small Businesses, COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses.

The Web Ex will be held on Friday March 27, at 3PM. Join Frederick County SBDC Counselor Robert Bower, as well as Truist SBA Business Development Officer Collin Norris as they discuss details about new emergency relief programs from the US Small Business Administration, the Maryland Department of Commerce, and more.

Please click the following link to join on Friday, March 27, at 3pm:  Join WebEx meeting 

If you are unable to join by WebEx you may join by phone at 866-692-3580 with Access code 595 744 711.  *Note—The meeting will be limited to 500 participants.

Financial Assitance

Maryland has authorized $130 million in loan and grant funding for small businesses and manufacturers that have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

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Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund:

Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund:

Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund

City of Frederick - Department of Economic Development Micro-Grant Program

SBA Low Interest Federal Disaster Loans

The US Small Business Administration is offering low interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury due to COVID-19. 

Small businesses and private non-profit organizations can apply directly to the SBA for financial assistance here.

Tax Alert

June 1 

  • State: Business-related tax returns AND payments that were not collected in March, April and May are due.
  • Federal: N/A

July 15

  • State: Individual income tax state returns AND payments are due.
  • Federal: Federal income tax returns are due or deadline to file for a federal extension.  Individual and C Corporation income tax payments are due.

October 15

  • State: Individual income tax state returns deadline if taxpayer filed for federal extension.
  • Federal: Individual income tax federal returns filing deadline if taxpayer filed for federal extension.

For More Information


The deadline to send in responses for the 2020 Census has been pushed back. You now have until August to make sure you are included in the count.

Frederick County Restaurants and Bars Offering Drive-through, Delivery and Carry-out

Social Distancing Explained – Click Here for the Print Out

The YMCA will continue to provide childcare needs for essential employees (ie. healthcare and first responders) in the community.  Please click HERE to read more.

The Maryland Department of Commerce in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Labor, the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, and several other state agencies launched a new webpage dedicated to business resources during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Maryland Department of Labor –

Division of Unemployment Insurance

- If you are a claimant seeking assistance, please e-mail

- If you are an employer seeking assistance, please e-mail

- If you are an employer seeking Bulk Claim Services for all affected employees, please e-mail

Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

- If you have a licensing question, please e-mail

Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning

- If you have a general workforce inquiry, please e-mail

Maryland Women’s Business Center – Providing Virtual Support for Women Owned Businesses

Contact: Maria Ryan McElhenny, 301-600-1058,

Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Labor and Industry enforces the Maryland Health Working Families Act, also known as safe and sick leave, which may be useful for employees who need to take off from work due to COVID-19. To learn more about the law, email

If a business experiences a temporary or permanent layoff, Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance’s Bulk Claim Services can open unemployment insurance claims for all affected employees. Businesses should contact a Claims Representative by emailing or calling (410) 767-3252.

The Maryland Insurance Administration has also put together an FAQ addressing insurance-related questions about coronavirus.

U.S. Department of Labor has provided guidelines for how companies can prepare their workplace for COVID-19.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a COVID-19 website with information specifically for workers and employers.  There is also information on issues relating to wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act available here.

Visit the Maryland Department of Health for the latest information on coronavirus and the state’s response to the outbreak. 

SBDC Small Business Survival Guide

CDC Resources for Businesses and Employers

For health resources regarding COVID-19, including case counts and clinician guidance, Marylanders should visit